Neymar on mark on victorious PSG debut

first_imgParis, France | AFP |  Neymar wasted no time in making an impact on the field for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 win at Guingamp on Sunday.The Brazilian world record signing was handed a start by coach Unai Emery for the game in Brittany, two days after international clearance came through for his 222 million-euro ($261 million) switch from Barcelona.The 25-year-old, at home in PSG’s all yellow change kit, played a part in the own goal scored by Jordan Ikoko that gave the away side the lead early in the second half.He then set up the second goal for Edinson Cavani with a superb pass in behind the Guingamp defence before completing a comfortable victory with his team’s third goal eight minutes from the end as PSG made it two wins from two to start the French season.“I’m very happy. The main thing was to win. The team played well and I played well,” Neymar, speaking in Spanish, told Canal Plus.“We are trying to improve all the time and we’ll get to know each other better yet, but it is easy to play with players of such quality.“It is always very important to score, not just in the first game. I am very calm. This is a very big challenge for me as a person, but we have a great team and the season has just started.”Despite the many distractions of the last couple of weeks, including trips to China, Portugal and the French Riviera and glitzy presentations to the media and PSG fans, Neymar lasted the full 90 minutes. He had taken the place of Javier Pastore in the Paris side in the only change from last week’s 2-0 win over Amiens, completing a 350 million-euro front three with fellow South Americans Cavani and Angel Di Maria. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img Neymar was one of four Brazilians in the PSG line-up, not including Brazil-born Italy midfielder Thiago Motta, for the game played before a sell-out crowd at the 18,000-capacity Stade du Roudourou.– Falcao hat-trick –Guingamp, a sleepy little town 500 kilometres west of Paris with a population of barely 7,000, may have been a slightly incongruous setting for such an occasion but the match was broadcast live in more than 180 countries according to his new club.That was a sign of the interest generated worldwide by Neymar’s transfer, which Qatar-owned PSG hope will help them conquer Europe after so far coming up short in the Champions League in recent seasons.Emery’s side are also desperate to regain the French crown after losing out to Monaco last season.Neymar, playing mainly as an inside left, threatened sporadically in the opening stages before his cross in the 35th minute found compatriot Marquinhos, who headed against the woodwork.He then watched as a Cavani free-kick was tipped over by Karl-Johan Johnsson as the first half ended goalless.But PSG needed just seven minutes of the second half to get the breakthrough with Neymar involved in the build-up as Ikoko — a former PSG player — tried to play the ball back to Johnsson and succeeded only in passing it into his own net.Neymar then released Cavani with a delightful pass as the Uruguayan slotted home the second goal just after the hour mark.All that was missing was a goal of his own and that arrived eight minutes from the end as Neymar finished from close range following a Cavani cutback.PSG are second in the fledgling table, behind Lyon on goal difference. They are one of five teams to have maximum points after two games.Defending champions Monaco have also won both matches so far after Radamel Falcao netted a hat-trick in their 4-1 victory at Dijon earlier.Jemerson also scored for Monaco as Kylian Mbappe was left on the bench amid speculation linking him with a 180 million-euro move to either Real Madrid or PSG.Sunday’s other game in France saw Marcelo Bielsa’s Lille finish with 10 men in a 3-0 defeat at Strasbourg.last_img read more

Capel a winner in debut as Pitt tops Youngstown State 69-53

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Xavier Johnson and Trey McGowens committed to Pittsburgh within a week of each other last spring, won over by new head coach Jeff Capel’s enthusiasm and hardly bothered by the prospect of trying to earn their way into the starting lineup.They spend copious amounts of time in the gym, determined to be part of the turnaround the Panthers have tasked Capel with orchestrating following the program’s freefall under former head coach Kevin Stallings.While the polish isn’t quite there, the effort certainly is. McGowens scored 17 points, Johnson added 16 points, six assists and five rebounds as Pitt pulled away in the second half for a 69-53 victory over Youngstown State on Tuesday night.“We’re young,” McGowens said. “So the biggest thing we’re going to learn from our mistakes, that’s the biggest thing. (Capel) talks a lot about playing with energy. We’re going to make mistakes but obviously we’re going to learn from them.”During one 10-second sequence in the first half Johnson blew a dunk, raced back on defense, grabbed a rebound and rather than flip the ball ahead to Kene Chukwuka for an easy layup took it up the floor himself. His attempt to wrap the ball behind his back ended up with the ball sailing out of bounds due to a turnover, and yet he remained in the game.“I think if you’re going to allow guys to have freedom then you have to allow them to make mistakes as long as they’re mistakes going hard,” Capel said. “We certainly made some mistakes and it wasn’t just those guys, it was everyone, it was me. But those guys were playing hard. You allow them to grow. You allow them to fix it.”Taking over a program that went 0-19 in the ACC last year, Capel cautioned it will take time for the Panthers to climb their way back into relevance in arguably the nation’s toughest conference. He stressed there are no shortcuts and his starting lineup may have indicated his commitment to a long-term rebuild, though the first step ended with Pitt picking up its first victory in 319 days.The Panthers sent three freshmen — Johnson, McGowens and Au’Diese Toney onto the floor — and Capel substituted liberally trying to get a feel for what he has on his hands.Malik Ellison, a transfer from St. John’s, scored 13 for Pitt as the Panthers used a 12-0 run early in the second half to take control after the Penguins briefly tied the game at 27. Chukwuka provided a jolt off the bench, finishing with seven points and eight rebounds.“He gave us energy,” Capel said. “That’s who Kene has been since I’ve been here. I thought his energy on both ends of the court helped us break the game open.”Kendale Hampton had 15 points off the bench for Youngstown State but the Penguins shot just 27 percent (18 of 67) from the field, including 8 of 38 3-pointers.Youngstown State actually had more turnovers (20) than made baskets. Pitt wasn’t much better for long stretches but was never threatened after a Johnson-fueled burst put the Panthers up double digits.“We had been averaging close to 35 or 40 (3-point attempts in scrimmages),” Penguins coach Jerrod Calhoun said. “If you make seven or eight more or even five more, it’s a different ballgame.”WILSON-FRAME OUTThe Panthers played without senior forward Jared Wilson-Frame, suspended one game for a violation of team rules.The absence of Wilson-Frame, the leading scorer last season on a team that went winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference, gave Capel a chance to experiment extensively with his lineup. Toney had 12 points and nine rebounds while starting in place of Wilson-Frame, though Capel said Wilson-Frame will be back with the team on Friday against VMI.EARLY AND UGLYThe college season started a week earlier than usual, and the rustiness showed. It wasn’t just the turnovers. Capel counted at least a handful of layups the Panthers missed and flow was hard to come by.“It was like going to the dentist,” Calhoun said. “It was painful to watch.”BIG PICTUREYoungstown State: The Penguins are in the midst of a rebuild of their own under Calhoun. Youngstown State has just four players back from a team that was 8-24 last season. Calhoun is committed to having his team chuck it from deep, though a couple more 8 for 38 performances might force him to reconsider.Pitt: Capel’s arrival brings energy and the schedule over the opening weeks isn’t exactly daunting. The Panthers don’t play a Power 5 team until facing Iowa in three weeks as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. By then Capel may have some semblance of a rotation.UP NEXTYoungstown State: Faces Akron in Cleveland on Saturday as part of the Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.Pitt: Welcomes Virginia Military Institute on Friday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Pittsburgh guard Trey McGowens goes for a rebound against Youngstown State forward Naz Bohannon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. (Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)last_img read more

Thunder, Anthony to part ways before NBA season—report

first_imgFILE – This is an April 25, 2018, file photo showing Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Oklahoma Cit. Carmelo Anthony has played his last game for the Oklahoma City Thunder, barring a massive change of plans. A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday, July 6, 2018, that Anthony and the Thunder have mutually decided that he will not be on the team next season, though it remains unclear how that departure will actually happen. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because no buyout, trade or waiving has been executed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder will part ways before next NBA season begins, ESPN reported Friday, saying the move could save the Thunder more than $100 million.The 34-year-old forward from Brooklyn opted into his $27.9 million deal for next season knowing that plans to scale back his role to a reserve doesn’t fit with his desires.ADVERTISEMENT Tony Parker leaving San Antonio for Charlotte ‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man PLAY LIST 01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man03:48Passengers flock to Naia one day before ‘Undas’05:18After the Typhoon Part 202:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Anthony’s situation allows for talks to teams who might release Anthony into free agency or would be looking for a massive contract that expires next year, providing a huge pool of money for next year’s free agents.The Thunder also could then trim their luxury tax expenses by $90 million.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anthony, a four-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, is the all-time US scoring and rebounds leader but the 10-time All-Star has struggled in 15 NBA seasons, never playing in the NBA Finals.Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists last season for Oklahoma City, which went 48-34 but lost to Utah in the first round of the NBA playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’When Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George were on the court last season without Anthony, their efficiency rating was nearly 10 points higher than when ‘Melo was alongside them.With George opting to stay as well, the Thunder face an epic $310 million payroll, which league sources told ESPN in the report would dictate the Thunder trade, buy out or stretch Anthony’s contract impact under NBA salary cap rules — the latter move trimming $107 million off next season’s salary and luxury tax total. LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio namescenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View commentslast_img read more

County Education Foundation Established in Grand Bassa

first_imgOver 400 students from the grades 1 thru 12, attending schools in Grand Bassa County as well as college, university, and post-graduate students hailing from that county have been selected as the first scholarship beneficiaries of the newly established Grand Bassa County Education Foundation.In a Daily Observer exclusive interview at her Capitol Building office in Monrovia, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence said the Foundation was established with the involvement of the entire county leadership, including the County Council, which is responsible for making allocations in the implementation of the County Development Fund.“So they have the power and did their own articles of incorporation to register as a non-governmental organization (NGO) for education, with a board and a staff. We gave US$100,000 as a county to that educational foundation, with the mandate that it benefits every district in the county,” Senator Lawrence said.She recalled how before the foundation, the county’s scholarships were only benefitting college students schooling out of Bassa County in places like Monrovia (UL) and Suakoko (Cuttington), while students in Bassa, who made up over 90 percent of the population, were not benefitting.“So they did their own criteria, guideline and sent out application forms to every district and at the end over 400 students were qualified, including two for the Master’s program,” Senator Lawrence said.The Foundation, she said, has already concluded payment for the entire first semester, adding, “We are focusing on children averaging from an 85 grade and above 3 grade-point average in college, unlike in the past when everybody was qualified.”Senator Lawrence, who chairs the Senate Committee on Post and Telecommunications, said any donation received for the county will go through the foundation, adding, “What we have asked is that the foundation be audited annually by external auditors so that at the conclusion of every school year they have to present their external audit report for our viewing before they can get approval for the next payment.”Senator Lawrence said that the foundation requested and agreed that anything lobbied upon by members of the Legislative Caucus or as Legislators on behalf of the county, such as school bus, books, is for the Foundation, adding, “We have a system that is accountable to the Government when it comes to our Social and County Development Funds.”The Foundation’s Board, according to Senator Lawrence, is chaired by the head of the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) Foundation School System, Moses Seway, and comprises the Principals’ Association, Teachers’ Association, County Authority, the PMC, a representation of the county caucus, theCounty Authority, and the company that is providing the Social Development Fund.Senator Lawrence then emphasized the importance that the Foundation attached to strictly-laid-out administrative regulations such as one that stipulates that the three-person administrative staff is not allowed to spend more than 10 percent of any amount that they receive on administrative costs.Besides giving out the scholarships, whose recipients will be published shortly, the Foundation has put in place a system of scrupulously checking the number of scholarships awarded, and monitoring and evaluating the academic performance of recipients.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dr. Roger Luncheon arrested by SOCU

first_imgFormer Cabinet Secretary, Roger Luncheon was arrested by Special Organised Crime Unit as investigation continues into the sale of lands at the area commonly known as  Pradoville 2, East Coast Demerara.Details of this story will follow in the March 08, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

AVC starts work on new parking in time for fall

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWork on the site will also provide a location for a modular building of about 2,160 square feet to house an expansion of the college’s nursing program. The expansion will accommodate 41 additional nursing students. The expansion should be ready in time for fall course work. The work will also provide a site for two modular buildings, each about 2,160 square feet, that will serve as a training academy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The academy, estimated to cost about $500,000, is a joint project among the college, the Sheriff’s Department, and the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale. “This is about coalition,” said Lancaster Mayor Henry Hearns. “This is an example of us working together.” The academy will handle from 50 to 75 recruits at a time. The recruits will do their classwork for the 18-week academy as well as their physical training at AVC, said Capt. Susan Kopperud of the Sheriff’s Department’s training bureau. Recruits will do their weapons training at the department’s Pitchess Ranch facility and their driving training in Pomona, Kopperud said. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College held a formal groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the first project to be financed by the $139 million bond measure that local voters approved in 2004. In a brief ceremony attended by representatives of Lancaster, Palmdale, the Sheriff’s Department and the health field, college officials marked the start of a $3.2 million project that will add 915 parking spaces to the north end of the campus. The project, expected to be completed in time for the fall semester, is expected to relieve chronic parking problems. “We did a survey of our students and this was the No. 1 priority – parking,” said AVC board President Steve Buffalo. “This will help Cal State Bakersfield (which has a satellite campus on AVC grounds) as well as our main campus.” The academy is expected to have four training courses a year at the college site, the department’s third training academy. The academy is tentatively set to open in October. The academy is part of an effort by the Sheriff’s Department to address a manpower shortage of 1,000 deputies. The $139 million bond measure will fund projects aimed at updating the Lancaster campus, which has several buildings more than 40 years old, and start the initial development of a Palmdale campus off Barrel Springs Road in southeast Palmdale. The overhaul is needed, college officials said, to accommodate enrollment expected nearly to double to more than 23,000 students by the year 2015. AVC officials said preliminary design work is in progress on an $8.9 million complex that will house a new operations and maintenance building, a warehouse and new greenhouses for agriculture courses. The operations and maintenance building is considered a top priority in part because the existing building is located where the college plans to build a $27.7 million health and science building. The health and science building will be funded with state funds, provided that California voters approve an upcoming statewide bond measure, and a matching contribution from the local bond revenue. The building has a tentative completion date of 2011. The health and science building will include 44,000 square feet for labs and classrooms to support biological and physical sciences, including a planetarium. An additional 21,000 square feet will be dedicated to the health sciences including nursing, emergency medical services, surgical, cardiovascular and radiologic technology. Also in line for state funding is a new 400-seat theater. The building could also double as a large lecture hall.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NOMINEES NERVOUS AS COUNTDOWN TO SPORTS STAR AWARDS IS ON

first_imgDonegal Sports Star committee members May Logue and Grace Boyle who are getting ready for the 39th awards function in the Mount Errigal Hotel on next Friday nightWith the nominees named earlier this month for next Friday night’s Donegal Sports Star Awards function the county’ sporting public has been forensically trawling the categories trying to pick winners for the prestigious Donegal County Council sponsored show which take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Only five nominees know in advance that they are getting awards but for the rest it’s a nervous wait to see whether their achievements have been deemed enough to see them getting the nod from the judging panel.With 40 categories and close to a 170 nominees committee Chairperson Neil Martin is appealing to those going to the function to book tickets immediately in order to secure their seats for the 39th Donegal Sports Star Awards where the special guest will be RTE broadcaster Sean O’Rourke. “There has been a big demand for tickets since the nominees were announced at the beginning of the month. So I would just urge those who intend going to book now and be sure of a seat. It also gives us a better chance to facilitate guests in terms of being at tables with their families and friends” Mr Martin said.The awards function takes place next Friday night January 30th in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Tickets available from the hotel. Ring 9106700. For further details go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie or Facebook at donegalsports starawards.    NOMINEES NERVOUS AS COUNTDOWN TO SPORTS STAR AWARDS IS ON was last modified: January 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDlast_img read more

Bochy clarifies Giants rotation plans, Garcia returns after Posey tweaks hamstring

first_imgBALTIMORE — After allowing eight earned runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, it appeared left-hander Drew Pomeranz was headed from the Giants rotation to the bullpen.The Giants did not list Pomeranz as a probable starter for his next turn in the rotation and manager Bruce Bochy said he could be available in relief as soon as Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles.Prior to Sunday’s game, Bochy clarified that Pomeranz has not lost his starting job and instead …last_img

Week two in review

first_imgHalf-a-dozen touchdown passes from the arm of Will Omey and 12 tackles from Justin Hagler guided St. Bernard’s to a road win while a pair of redzone turnovers cost Eureka a chance at win No. 1 on the year during what was week two of the high school football season.Omey, Hagler and the soaring seniorsQuarterback Will Omey tossed six touchdown passes for St. Bernard’s in what was a 39-14 win on the road at Hoopa Valley Friday night.And it was all about the seniors.Omey connected with Lane …last_img

A.P. Learning to Report Science Wars More Accurately

first_imgThe Discovery Institute’s media-watchdog blog Evolution News watched Associated Press fumble at first, but then get it right to show that new science standards adopted by South Carolina do not mandate teaching intelligent design.  The AP story printed in South Carolina’s Channel 10 News included a comment that certain officials “worried the change would open the door to teaching alternative theories such as intelligent design.”  It also first contradicted itself about what the standards said about teaching critical thinking.  To clarify what the standards said and did not say, Casey Luskin listed five points on Evolution News why “critical analysis” of evolution does not require “teaching ID.”    Another “critical analysis” debate is going on in Michigan.  Evolution News reported that microbiologist Ralph Seelke testified in favor of HB 5251 that calls for students to be able to “use the scientific method to critically evaluate scientific theories including, but not limited to, the theories of global warming and evolution,” and to be able to formulate arguments for and against such theories.  Seelke argued this is a sound strategy for teaching any subject about which there is considerable disagreement.  “There is a term used when we only want student[s] to learn one side of a story,” he said.  “It is called indoctrination, not education.”With polls continuing to show a majority doubt evolution, and with more school boards showing boldness enough to stand up against ACLU and Americans United threats, and with the inherent and obvious reasonableness of allowing controversial subjects to get a critical analysis, the AP and other mainstream media may be slowly catching onto the fact that they cannot continue to lie and sell papers.  Keep those well-written and soundly-argued letters to the editor flowing.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more